The Rejected Writer’s Book Club…bySuzanne Kelman

Posted March 15, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512lZMn3MLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg   The premise of this book is that a group of women form a book club based on their common ‘sisterhood’ of being writers  who can not seem to get  their work published. They save the rejection letters and read them during the meetings. They soon realize that the group is more important to them then  actually being published. The group is a somewhat crazy cast of characters. Most of the book focuses on them and their crazy adventures as they take a road trip. I received this book through Netgally and I was drawn to it because of the fantastic title and interesting cover. I have not seen this premise covered before, so I was excited to get to read the novel.  I did love the premise and the characters. That being said, the writing seemed a little off to me. There were a lot of jokes, puns, metaphors, similes etc. that just didn’t  seem to work for me. They seemed outdated and just distracted me while I was  reading.  I found a few of the situations not really believable but they did not bother me nearly as much as the very rough writing. I did like this […]

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Children’s Book Review: Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark…byDeborah Diensen Pictures by Dan Hannah

Posted March 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 1 Comment
Children’s Book Review: Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark…byDeborah Diensen Pictures by Dan Hannah

I am desperately trying to pass on my love of reading to my kids. We try to read together every night. One of my son’s favorite books are the ‘Pout-Pout Fish series. The main character is, well, Pout Pout fish. I  love ‘Pout Pout’ because in each book he is trying to overcome something. In ‘Pout Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark’, he is trying to help a friend and  as a result he has to overcome his fear of the dark. It not only has a great theme but also has a  rhyming and repeating pattern. The illustrations are also really wonderful. All of us give ‘Pout Pout’ 5 stars.  Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 ♥ Follow my blog with Bloglovin       Save

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The Signature of All Things.. by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted March 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519bxnNZYWL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg This novel tells the story of Alma Whittaker, an upperclass, American woman in the ninth century. Her father, Henry, makes his living dealing in exotic plants and she too develops an interest in botany.The story goes on to tell of her research and family drama as well as her travels. I originally was drawn to the book because I loved the cover. I was hesitant, however, to read it due to some of the mixed reviews. Some reviewers said it got off to a slow start.  I love historical fiction  so I decided to give it a try. Well, for me anyway, it did absolutely  start slow. Some of the sections read to me as if it was a vintage botany  book. It did pick up a little in the middle. Towards the end, I again had to push through. This was due  to long descriptions of  moss and plants and the story seemed to lack a definite plot. Another issue I had was the writing style seemed to attempt to mimic the writing of the  ninth century. This didn’t seem to really work and just made it harder for me to read. I did, however, connect with the characters and […]

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Book Fair Book Haul

Posted March 9, 2016 by thebookr in Other fun stuff / 3 Comments
Book Fair Book Haul

So I talked everyone in to going to my kid’s school Scholastic book fair (we already went to one this year and I bought Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur and loved it). Everyone promised (including me) to only get one book. I figured it won’t be too hard since I am not a big YA reader.  Also, when ever I go where books are sold, I try to scan books and add them to my Goodreads list, instead of buying them right away. Well ,when we got there, there was so many wonderful books with wonderful covers and (gasp) they even had adult books. They even had some great classics, like Heidi, with wonderful covers. So I restrained myself and only bought four books for me. They are..The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie.                     The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer                     Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty and                     Three times Lucky by Sheila Turnage   . Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Posted March 9, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LG0hcWrzL._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg This book is about Camille, a reporter for a small newspaper in Chicago. Her editor sends her to her hometown to report on a recent serial killer of young girls. It goes on to tell the details of her relationship between herself and a cast of somewhat strange characters in her hometown and her investigation of the murders. I have previously read Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Dark Places’. I enjoyed both books and found them twisted by entertaining, so I figured this would be equally as good However, I found ‘Sharp Objects’ to be very predictable and the characters hollow and unbelievable. I also found the plot to be somewhat predictable and more gross then dark, really. I do also think it sheds light on a few important issues. So I give it 3 1/2 stars.   📖 📖 📖 1/2 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Rewind:Can I Get There by Candlelight by Jean Slaughter Doty

Posted March 6, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Rewind:Can I Get There by Candlelight by Jean Slaughter Doty

So I have been very nostalgic lately and have been thinking about some of the books I read as a preteen, partly since now I have kids beginning to read middle grade and YA books. So I decided to try and reread some of the books I read via the ’80’s  and see if they are as I remember. Some of them I saved and still have. But many were from the library, so this means I don’t actually remember the name of many. Luckily, thanks to Goodreads and the ‘Stump the Book Seller’ site, I was  able to figure out the titles and order them. So now I am rereading them and writing reviews about my memory of the book vs. now. One of the ones I remembered fondly as a preteen (circa 1982) is ‘Can I Get there by Candlelight’ by Jean Slaughter Doty. This is a time travel YA novel (I first read it about 35 years ago)( ok feel old now). This book is  currently out of print but  I found that copies were available on  Amazon. The story is about a girl who moves to a farmhouse in a new town and takes her horse […]

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What Alice Forgot…by Liane Moriarty

Posted March 2, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments
What Alice Forgot…by Liane Moriarty

  The book begins with Alice Love waking up on the floor of her gym, during spinning class. When she wakes, she realizes that she has lost the memory of the last 10 years of her life (the story takes place in 2008 and she believes it’s 1998).  The story follows her as she adapts to how her life, relationships, and personality have changed over those years. I enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read. I think it shows  how complicated life can become without you even realizing it. This book made me stop and think about how important it is to live in the moment and pay attention to the significant things that happen in your life. This is my third Liane Moriarty book.  Even though I enjoyed the other two books more (‘Big Little Lies and A Husband’s Secret), I  still enjoyed this book . Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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